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Berkeley entrepreneur Laura Stachel named a CNN Hero

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A Berkeley innovator, entrepreneur and doctor this week won a 2013 CNN Heroes award for her inspiring work bringing light to delivery rooms across the world.

Laura Stachel and her husband Hal Aronson invented a solar suitcase in the garage of their Elmwood home which saves lives around the world in places that lack reliable electricity. [Read our April 2012 profile of the Berkeley couple.]

It started when Stachel discovered that women and babies were dying during childbirth simply because there wasn’t adequate light to treat them. Since 2009, their nonprofit, We Care Solar, has given out nearly 250 free kits to medical facilities in Africa, Asia and South America. … Continue reading »

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From a Berkeley garage, a solar initiative that saves lives

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The week before last, the city of Berkeley took time to honor two of its citizens. Laura Stachel and her husband Hal Aronson were issued with a proclamation and words of praise from Mayor Tom Bates and Councilmember Linda Maio, among others, at the April 3 meeting of the City Council. The following night, PBS Newshour ran an eight-minute segment on the couple’s work (watch it below). Six months ago, Diane Sawyer introduced Stachel as “Person of the Week” on ABC World News Tonight. Also in October, the pair appeared on CBS after winning the Nokia Tech Awards as part of the San Jose Tech Museum Tech Awards.

Such plaudits have come to the couple, who live with their kids near College Avenue in south Berkeley, because they are literally helping to save people’s lives on a regular basis, and are doing so through a combination of smarts and sheer determination. … Continue reading »

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